I started this morning at 4:45 AM to catch my plane by 6:10 from SEA to SFO. Why the heck did I get up that early and why was I flying to San Francisco on a "school day"? Well, I meant to blog this earlier (Saturday slipped into Sunday and that suddenly turned into Monday) but I’m one of the participants in this year’s Linuxworld’s Golden Penguin Bowl. Yep, this year it is Microsoft vs. Google and I’m here with Bill Hilf and Rob Curran hoping to bring home the Golden Penguin award.
Anyway, I got up early this morning to make the most of my time at Linuxworld. In fact, at the time of this writing I’m sitting in the keynote presented by Charles Phillips, President at Oracle Corporation. I didn’t really know what to expect but I find myself comparing Linuxworld 2005 to my experience last year at OSCON 2004. Two things are notably different.
1. This isn’t a conference for geeks. Business people seem to run the show here. The grand majority of people in the audience and most of the people I’ve passed in the hallways are all dressed up in at least business casual. In fact, most of the people around me are wearing shoes that look more expensive than my whole wardrobe (my old Vans, "code monkey" T-shirt, and khaki pants [I’m dressed up <wink/>]). Everyone seems to have a collar on their shirt.
2. There is no free wireless access here. At OSCON, there was wireless everywhere. There were even power strips running up and down the rows of chairs. Maybe Linuxworld couldn’t convince the Moscone Convention Center West to allow them to have free wireless access points for all the conference rooms but it still seems lame for a tech conference to not have wireless everywhere. It also makes blogging the conference blow by blow impossible… I guess I’ll just have to upload all my blog entries tonight.
My first impression: OSCON 2004 started out fundamentally cooler than Linuxworld 2005.
Anyway, the keynote is almost over. I can honestly report that nothing interesting was presented. Mr. Phillips noted that Oracle was first commercial database for Linux (Close Source on Open Source, nothing to original there) and they are happy to support a single stable Linux distribution (at the moment, their favorite seems to be Redhat).
Actually, Mr. Phillips’s last comment here is interesting. He closed his keynote with, "And thank you for your work on Linux." That comment feels very weird to me because it doesn’t seem like there are many (any?) people in the hall that had anything to do with actually making Linux work. Who was he thanking?